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Colorado Blue Spruce


 Colorado blue spruce, or blue spruce, is an attractive tree often used for Christmas trees. Needles are a bit sharp but the branches are quite strong and will hold larger (heavier) ornaments. 

Needle Retention:  Good

Concolor Fir


The Concolor Fir, also know as a White Fir, has been steadily gaining popularity as a Christmas tree in recent years.  Native to western United States, this conifer exhibits a blue-green color, with longer needles than most other Fir trees.  The needles remain on the tree long after cutting.  The needles have a fragrant scent, often described as citrus or orange-like.  

Needle retention: Excellent

Fraiser Fir


 Fraser fir is a uniformly pyramid-shaped tree. Leaves (needles) are flattened, dark-green The combination of form, needle retention, dark blue-green color, strong branches, and pleasant scent has led to Fraser fir being a most popular Christmas tree species.  

Needle retention:  Outstanding

Norway Spruce


 Norway Spruce is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 35-55 m tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-1.5 m. The shoots are orange-brown and glabrous (hairless). The leaves are needle-like, 12-24 mm long, quadrangular in cross-section (not flattened), and dark green on all four sides with inconspicuous stomatal lines. 

Needle retention:  Good   

Douglas Fir


The Douglas-fir has been the major Christmas tree species for many years. Native to western North America, the Douglas Fir is still very popular with good branch strength and pleasing form.
Needle retention: Outstanding

Selection Guide for Traditional Christmas Trees

Tree Care


Give it a fresh cut.

If your tree has been cut 8 hours or more before being given water, make a fresh cut about 1/2 inche off the bottom.  This will remove the dried sap that has sealed the pores and allow your tree to drink.

Use the right stand.

Avoid using a stand that is to small and requires whittling the tree down.  The outer layers are most efficient at absorbing water.

Water, water, water...

Place the tree in water as soon as possible.  Most trees can go 6-8 hours after cutting and still take up water.    Check the water daily.

Use the right lights.

Use lights that emit a low amount of heat, such as LED or miniature lights.  This will reduce drying the tree.  Additionally, don't overload your tree with lights and turn them off when you're not at home or at bedtime.

Avoid areas with major heat sources.

Fireplaces, vents, direct sunlight, heaters and such can be a fire hazard as well as drying out your tree more quickly.  

Monitor your tree for freshness.

All of the above tips will help keep your tree fresher longer.  However, it will eventually dry out.  Once the tree is very dry, it's time to remove it from your house.  Never burn your tree in wood stoves.